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COVID -19 updates: Parkside’s Response and Recent Changes to Patient Visitation

COVID -19  –  Parkside’s response, patient visitation, etc.

If you have questions about COVID-19, or questions about testing, the Oklahoma State Department of Health has a COVID-19 hotline.   Call 877-215-8336

If you are showing any sign of possible COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come into Parkside and do not go to an emergency room. Please contact your primary health care provider first. Your provider or a nurse will direct you. If you meet testing criteria, you will be directed to a local testing site.

Parkside is following the evolving COVID-19 situation closely and is prepared for any needed response. Parkside always maintains a robust infection control program and is prepared for emergencies.

Here are some of the steps Parkside is taking to manage the COVID-19:

Monitoring patients: Parkside is actively monitoring patients, staff and visitors to quickly identify those with travel-related risk factors or potential contact with infected people. We are disallowing visitors who are sick from visiting the hospital, as is always our practice during flu season. 

Coordinating with public health officials: We are working closely with public health officials at the local, state and national levels to monitor the spread of the virus. Public health officials are providing guidance and Parkside is responding to protect the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff.  

Supplies and facilities: Parkside is monitoring supplies like masks, hand sanitizer and other personal protective equipment and is proactively placing orders for additional supplies.  Parkside’s Environmental Services Department is responding with additional cleaning and sanitation measures.

Telemedicine: We are expanding plans for telemedicine visits to assist in managing patient care when appropriate.   Telemedicine is also available for inpatient assessments when indicated and can help prevent the spread of disease and prevent unnecessary travel.

Visitation and passes:  The safety of our patients, their families, and our staff is of utmost importance at Parkside. Due to the increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases in Tulsa County, we have adopted increased safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our patient environment.

Parkside has discontinued all on-site visitation effective Monday, July 20. We are offering virtual visitation via Zoom teleconferencing, and will contact familes with details about the days, times, and procedures for these virtual visits. Many families are already using the Zoom app for family therapy participation.